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CASS-Wide Webinar XII: Challenges and Directions in State of the Art Nanoelectronics


Yehea Ismail

American University in Cairo

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Aggressive scaling of transistor sizes has resulted in transistors approaching few nanometers in size. This aggressive scaling of transistor and interconnect sizes resulted in new phenomena in state-of-the-art chips that were not present in previous technology generations. The industry has taken many steps to counter and solve these new challenges. This talk covers some of the key challenges that occur in state-of-the-art technologies on the nanoscale and the directions the industry is taking to counter these challenges.


This talk will take place on 27 September 2023 at 9:00 AM EDT (-4:00 UTC) and features a talk by Prof. Yehea Ismail titled "Challenges and Directions in State-of-the-Art Nanoelectronics".

Registration for this series is entirely free and will be limited to the first 1,000 registrants per event. If you cannot register, you can also attend the webinar via LinkedIn Live or access the webinar recording on the IEEE CASS Resource Center and IEEE Learning Network (ILN).

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Yehea Ismail is the Director of the Nanoelectronics and Devices Center at the American University in Cairo and Zewail City and Chairman of the Electronics and Communications Department at the AUC. Prof. Ismail is currently the Advisor to the Egyptian Minister of Communications overlooking the implementation of Egypt Electronics Industry Plan. Professor Ismail is currently the Chairman of the TVLSI Steering Committee. He was a tenured professor with Northwestern University, USA from 2000 till 2011. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transaction on Very Large-Scale Integration (TVLSI) 2011-2015 and the chair elect of the IEEE VLSI technical committee. He has also chaired many conferences such as GLSVLSI, IWSOC, ISCAS, and AFRETEC Entrepreneurship Workshop. He was the Chief Scientist of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt. Professor Ismail has several awards such as the USA National Science Foundation Career Award, the IEEE CAS Outstanding Author Award, Best Teacher Award at Northwestern University, and many other best teaching awards and best paper awards.  Professor Ismail is the distinguished lecturer of IEEE CASS. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Professor Ismail has published more than 450 papers in top refereed journals and conferences and many patents.  He co-authored seven books including: On-Chip Inductance in High Speed Integrated Circuits, Handbook on Algorithms for VLSI Physical Design, Temperature-Aware Computer Architecture, Arbitrary Modeling of TSVs for 3D Integrated Circuits, and Circuit Design Techniques for Microscale Energy Harvesting Systems. He has many patents in the area of high performance circuits and interconnect design and modeling. His work is some of the most highly cited in the VLSI area and is extensively used by industry.
Professor Ismail has been involved with several startups including being on the technical board of Helic CAD and a chief scientist there. Helic CAD was acquired by ANSYS in January 2019 as a major Silicon Valley acquision. Also, Professor Ismail was the Principal Investigator of Silicon Vision projects which was acquired by Synopsys. He currently is a Co-founder of an AUC spinoff, Texas based startup, Suitera.